I decided to take the plunge and buy a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex camera, the ones with the interchangeable lenses) in July of 2013. I had owned a couple of point-and-shoots and they just didn’t have the capability to do some of the more artistic things I wanted. I wanted to be able to manual focus and utilize better flash. I liked the idea of being able to buy different lenses and upgrade parts as I learned and grew (and could afford it).
At the time is was living in Norwich, England finishing my master’s degree in history at the University of East Anglia. I decided to buy a DSLR then (despite the poor exchange rate), because I was planning a three-day stop in Iceland on my way back home, and I wanted a camera worthy of legendary Icelandic beauty.
I didn’t fully realize what I was getting myself into, but luckily most DSLR’s have very good auto settings for photography n00bs.
This was the first photo I took with my new camera:
I shot some wildflowers at sunset with just a hint of UEA’s unique ziggurat dorms in the background.
By the way, in another shot I took of the Ziggurats at sunset, you can see on the left the Sainsbury Centre which served as the new Avengers headquarters in Age of Ultron!
Looking back at these first images, I realize that the featured image on this page features some rare undulatus asperatus clouds and virga hanging over the Sainsbury Centre and Ziggurats at UEA.